We are happy to have Maya Banks, author of the Sweet series, here today. Sweet Temptation, book 4 in this series, was released last week and Maya is here today to answer all our questions about these books. Please give her a warm welcome.
The Geeky Lover: First of all, thanks for being here today.
Maya Banks: Thanks for having me
The Geeky Lover: Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Maya Banks: I live in Texas with my husband and three children. When I’m not writing or reading, love to hunt, fish, and travel. I’m a huge homebody, though, so my favorite place is home with the family.
The Geeky Lover: You live in Texas and most of your books are set in the South too. What makes this region so special to you?
Maya Banks: I love the south. Loved growing up here. I’m sure anyone has the same sentimental attachment to the place they call “home” but I’ve traveled widely, and the old adage is true. There’s just no place like home. I had a brief stint above the Mason Dixon *g* And Was so relieved to move back “home” I love the people and the sense of community, the laid back, slower lifestyle. The attitude is just different here, I think.
The Geeky Lover: Your new release Sweet Temptation is book 4 in the Sweet Series.Can you tell us a bit about what happened so far? What’s this series about?
Maya Banks: The series began with Sweet Surrender, and at the time, I really didn’t have plans for a long running series. There isn’t an over reaching plot arc that connects the books. It’s heavily character driven and the focus is on a group of friends and coworkers who live and work in the Houston area. I wrote that first book, and it just kind of went from there. I loved the characters so much and it was hard to let go. So I didn’t
The Geeky Lover: Would you say that Sweet Temptation can also be read as a standalone?
Maya Banks: Absolutely. All of the Sweet books can be read in any order. I’d say the experience is probably enriched by reading in order, but you aren’t going to be lost if you pick up in the middle or even at the end. You see the characters from previous books in each of the subsequent books, because as I noted, these are close friends who work and spend time together constantly. And that’s what I love most about the series. That really close bond they all have.
The Geeky Lover: Can you give us a short summary of Sweet Temptation?
Maya Banks: Basically Micah gets a blast from the past when the sister of his oldest and dearest friend bursts into his life. He fights and fights hard. But Angelina is…well, she’s perfect for him, and she’s patient. She loves him unconditionally even when he tries very hard to push her away.
The Geeky Lover: For all the ladies out there who have hungered for this since book one: please tell us more about Micah.
Maya Banks: Micah is an intense character. On the surface he’s very fun loving, very easy going and laid back. He loves women. He’s very protective of women. Which makes it baffling (to Angelina) that he seems to go the opposite way when it comes to her. He’s probably the most emotional of the heroes in this series. When he loves, it loves with all his heart. He’s loyal to his friends. But he also likes his well ordered existence away from his past life where he can forget. He was deeply hurt by the deaths of the two people he loved most, and his way of dealing with that, is simply to walk away.
He’s not very nice to Angelina in the beginning. He’s completely and utterly wasted by her reappearance, and he pushes her because he wants her to walk away. But she can give him the one thing he’s been missing. Someone to take care of him.
The Geeky Lover: Your heroines in this series have all been very different from each other so far. What makes Angelina special?
Maya Banks: Angelina was very interesting for me to write. She’s young, but she’s determined. She’s also very grounded in who she is, what she wants, and what she needs. She’s not afraid to reveal herself and make herself vulnerable in front of Micah because she trusts him. She’s comfortable in her skin.
The Geeky Lover: The relationship between Micah and Angelina is rather difficult from the start. Why did you choose this setting for Micah’s book?
Maya Banks: I don’t think it could have worked any other way. Micah is a complex guy. Once you scratch the surface, you get into something all together different. It wouldn’t have been much of a story if he treated Angelina like any other woman in his life, and the fact that he didn’t spoke to just how unsettled he was by her appearance. He’s fighting her but mostly he’s fighting himself and his past. I don’t think he would accept any threat to his defenses in his usual easy going manner. Angelina was different from the start and he recognized that.
The Geeky Lover: Will there be another book in this series?
Maya Banks: Connor’ story is next and it’s pretty different from the other stories. But then Connor is a different guy and what works for the other books just wouldn’t work for his
The Geeky Lover: I know it is mean to ask but: Which of the Sweet books is your favorite?
Maya Banks: Sweet Seduction
The Geeky Lover: Do you have any other projects we should keep our eyes open for?
Maya Banks: I have a new series coming out this fall with Berkley. The Kelly Group series. I’m really excited about The Darkest Hour, the first book, which releases in September. I’ve waited several years to be able to write Ethan and Rachel’s story! No Place to Run is the second book in the series and it releases this December.
The Geeky Lover: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions.
Maya Banks: You’re quite welcome!